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Brigit-Carol posted on Sat, Sep 22 2012 11:02 AM

I'm a tad disappointed right now.  Connecting thread is having a batting sale and my order arrived today.  I ordered Hobbs 80/20 batting.  Nothing was said in the description about how far apart it can be quilted, but according to the bag, only 3-1.2".  Pits.  I thought cotton could be quilted farther apart.  The cheapie polyster low loft batting I get at Walmart can be stitched 4".   

1.  So... what reasonably priced batting can be stitched 5 - 8" apart? 

And, can I push the envelope with the Hobbs 80/20 batting, and if so, by how much?  If I go 5", which is what I need for the nursing home quilts, will the batting be too unstable and end up shredding? 

Thanks from this quilting newbie.

Brigit-Carol

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Barbara replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 11:09 AM

BB ,I use alot of Dream Green ,It is very nice batting and alittle bit cheaper, it washes will and drapes really nice , It is made with recycled 2 liter bottles ,It soft and sew really nice. I thas no scrim or resign and you can sew it up to 12 in. I have never been disappointed with it .

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Nana replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 11:12 AM

Belfrybat

I too use the Dream Green for my less expensive batting choice.  I agree with Barbara it drapes well and feels really soft.  Love the way it sews.  Also you can go up to 12 inches between quilting lines if wanted,.

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Carey replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 1:16 PM

I use batting from joanns personally. They have warm and natural and the the polyester ones. I do hear good things about quilters dream and the more expensive recyclable batting.

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I also use the warm and natural from Joanne's.  I use the 50 percent off coupon.  Last time I bought 24 yards for $172.  I do not like Hobbs.  I love Quilter dream but have not find anywhere to buy it locally in bulk. 

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Thanks.  I did buy some Dream Green for a full sized quilt I did but I thought it very expensive (Amazon).  Where do you find it for a reasonable price?  No JoAnnes within 175 miles.  There is a Hancocks 60 miles away, but they had very little in stock. 

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BB I usually by mine at quilt shops . but I think there are places here online where you can get it .I'd have to look around for sure .

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Jacy replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 4:18 PM

Belfrybat:
Where do you find it for a reasonable price?  No JoAnnes within 175 miles. 

if you sign up for Joann's e-mail's they will send you coupons regularly, you can order the batting online with a 40 or 50% off coupon. 

 

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Thea replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 5:35 PM

Belfrybat, I use Quilter's Dream and if I remember without looking at the package I can push my quilting to 8" apart - I use 100% cotton and when I get low I usually buy it by the 20 packages as I don't have any place to store a roll - but when you buy packages from whereever it is that I buy it the more you buy the better the discount.  I had a friend here who used to split the amount with me but she hasn't needed any as often as I have so usually in Jan I go for the big buy - this year I won't need to though as I haven't actually made that many quilts so far in 2012... hoping to do a lot more...

But I really love Quilters Dream since I first used it - once in a while it pills as I quilt with it - but that is maybe 1 out of every 10 packages - and then I just zigzag the edges to stop it.  

I know someone here knows a lot about batting but can't remember who it is - maybe she will see your post and be able to answer you more educationally.  

When I get ready to buy it I usually google Quilter's dream batting and so far haven't had any problems finding that place I buy it from - but like I said to get 1 package is no cheaper then buying from a quilt shop or Connecting threads - but when I buy 10 it is less and when I buy 20 the price drops down to less then $20 for a queen bat... I'll try and find the place again and let you know!  But like I said you have to buy in bulk and maybe you know someone who will go in with it with you - or like me just spend the money for the whole year for your batting quotas... or a couple years worth depending on how many quilts you make a year - I usually make about 20 a year - really slowed down this last year - think I only have finished completely 2 - have about 5 tops done ready to be quilted and a couple that I am working on.

 

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Carol replied on Sat, Sep 22 2012 8:11 PM

At Quilter's Warehouse seemed to be the cheapest place I found -- and sometimes hard to find the  size you want, so guess they sell out sometimes, must be the cheapest!  I am handquilting on one now and I love it.  Also bought a Dream Green to try next, like the idea of it being made from recycled bottles!

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